- in a play, light opera, etc., the role of a lady's maid, esp. one involved in intrigue, or of any pretty, flirtatious, or frivolous young woman
- an actress who plays such roles
Origin: Fr < Prov soubreto < soubret, affected, sly < soubra, to put aside, exceed < L superare, to be above: see super-
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- a. A saucy, coquettish, intriguing maidservant in comedies or comic opera.b. An actress or a singer taking such a part.
- A young woman regarded as flirtatious or frivolous.
Origin: French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret, conceited, from soubra, to leave aside, from Old Provençal sobrar, to be excessive, from Latin superāre, from super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots.